My Favorite Floribunda Rose, Our Lady of Guadalupe
As most of my friends know, I wasn’t a big fan of roses in the garden until I visited England in 2003. My tour’s stop at David Austin Roses’ headquarters will be the subject of another post, I promise, in part because I have any number of wonderful photos to share.
But here in the Washington DC area, finding roses that work well in the average garden without extra care is a challenge. There is, of course, the ubiquitous ‘Knockout Rose’ series, which have an extended bloom period and fewer problems with black spot (the bane of rose growing here) than other varieties. To me, they look best planted in groups and are not ideal candidates for cutting or up-close admiration. And hybrid teas, as beautiful as they are when at their best, require a lot of specialized care and have a growth habit I personally find somewhat awkward to incorporate into designed borders.
One of my clients, however, wanted some roses in her garden when we were designing it five or six years ago, and so I did some research and ended up planting a floribunda rose, ‘Our Lady of Guadaloupe,’ right outside her kitchen door. To say it has not disappointed is an understatement.
Floribunda roses are a cross between polyantha roses and hybrid teas. One of the first developed was “Gruss an Aachen,” which I saw at Broughton Castle in England in 2003. Our Lady of Guadalupe, like all floribundas, has small but prolific blooms that can cover the plant.
This ‘Lady’ begins blooming as early as April and is often going strong as late as October or November. Its blo0ms can rival those of any hybrid tea’s, in my book.
Add a light, sweet scent and its relative resistance to black spot, and you have a great small shrub rose for the mixed border. My client grows it alone, surrounded by annuals for complementary summer color (blue salvia and white “Euphorbia Diamond Frost”) but it’s versatile enough to incorporate in other settings.
Want a different color? Here’s the floribunda rose ‘Eureka,’ growing at Brookside Gardens near me, in a glorious golden yellow hue.
So if you haven’t made the acquaintance of this kind of rose, put it on your list for spring. A further bonus for planting the Lady of Guadalupe rose: Jackson and Perkins’ website indicates that the company donates five percent of its net sales of this rose to Hispanic College Fund scholarships.Explore posts in the same categories: landscape, photography comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.